Source to Sea

Source to Sea

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  • Directed by: Andy Norris
  • Produced by: Andy Norris

Released: 2007
Running Time: 90mins
Subtitles: English
Subjects:Environmental Studies, Pacific Northwest

SOURCE TO SEA: The Columbia River Swim takes a broad, sobering look at the history and destiny of what the indigenous people call Che Wana: the Columbia River. It also tells the story of why Christopher Swain subjected himself to a 13-month swim down its 1243-mile length. Using Swain’s swim as a thread, the present condition of the Great River of the West is revealed. Full of rare archival footage of the sacred Celilo Falls and Kettle Falls, now inundated by dams, SOURCE TO SEA also deals with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, pollution from mining, the river in Canada, petroglyphs, salmon issues and the struggles Swain encountered during his epic swim.



  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators Conference
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2008 Adventure Film Festival Boulder
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 Port Townsend Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 Cin Fest Montana
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 Colorado Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 Coeur D'alene Film Festival
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION- 2007 VIVA GAIA! Ecological Film Festival, Rome ITALY
  • WINNER- 2007 International Gold Panda Awards, Sichuan CHINA
  • WINNER- Environmental Activism/Social Justice Award, 2007 Earth Vision Film Festival
  • WINNER- Most Inspiring Film, 2007 Wild And Scenic Environmental Film Festival
  • WINNER- Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, 2008 TELLY AWARDS

Reviews/ Testimonials:

"This is a not to miss movie that blends the personal struggles Christopher faced swimming the Columbia River with the larger challenges facing the Columbia River and its tributaries." -Bret Foster, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper